Origin of goom
- From Middle English gome, gome, from Old Norse gaumr, gaum (“heed, attention, care”), from Proto-Germanic *gaumō (“attention”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰow-, *gʰowē- (“to perceive, note, ensure, provide for”). Cognate with Old English ġīeme (“care”), Old English ġīeman (“to care for, heal; correct, reprove; take notice of, take heed to, regard, observe; take charge of, control”). More at gaum.
- Perhaps from dialectal goom, goome (“gum, palate”). More at gum.